Spectrummy Mummy

Asperger's, Allergies, and Adventures Abroad

Living abroad with a special needs child

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So what I didn’t tell you when I wrote my letter to editors last week, was that it wasn’t the first time I’d tried to get magazines to address their lack of coverage of special needs issues.  From the beginning of my involvement in the exchange with Parents magazine, I started paying attention to web sites and magazines to see if they fared any better.  On the whole, they didn’t.  So every time I tried and failed to find what I was looking for, I’d contact them with my complaint, and wait for the response.

By and large, I’m still waiting.  That is the problem with being invisible, of course.  It takes a lot of us saying the same thing to get noticed.

One time I clicked from a fellow foreign service blogger’s site to Expat Arrivals, and again, I noticed there was no mention of special needs issues within the expat community.  I was unsure if I should approach them in the same way.  After all, special needs parents make up a small proportion of expats.  But then I thought about it.  In Pudding’s preschool autism class of just 6 children, one girl had been born and raised in the Middle East, and a second child (besides Pudding) is about to move overseas this summer.  A further two boys are first-generation immigrants.  These are issues affecting 5 out of 6 children in her class.  I know this area is more geographically mobile than many parts of the US, but that still makes a sizable group of children sharing similar experiences to Pudding, not to mention the many children of Foreign Service Officers who have special educational needs like our daughter.

To my surprise and delight, the editor emailed me back, and acknowledged the lack of coverage in this regard.  Then she asked for my help in providing an article about our expat experiences.  Expat life is about letting go of your expectations, and finding the enjoyment in a different way of living.  There are highs and lows, but it never gets boring.  Does that sound familiar to my fellow special needs parents?

Here is the link if you’d like to read more, and here are other posts I’ve written about my take on living the expat life.

Written by Spectrummy Mummy

June 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm

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  1. You are brilliant! So glad you are doing this and a bit ashamed I have not tried to do the same. I read the article through your link on Facebook earlier. Extremely well written piece. Congrats on your publication there! You are so worldly and brave. I hope you get all the therapies that Pudding needs in Johannesburg and that you all adjust well. You seem so organized about it all. And it’s so exciting that we get to travel with you through your blog as well. 🙂


    June 8, 2011 at 1:36 am

    • Thank you! We’re definitely looking forward to the move, we’ll just have to see how it all turns out. Thanks for the support. 🙂

      Spectrummy Mummy

      June 8, 2011 at 7:00 am

  2. How wonderfully exciting! I wish you lots of luck and whatever else sends great things. 🙂 I agree about the magazines, and I’d like to write some as well. I don’t just get mad at the mags, it’s other things too.

    Good for you, and thank you for your forward movement pro-special needs!


    June 9, 2011 at 12:48 am

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